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December 3, 2010

Nintendo Wii could help fight Parkinson’s Disease

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by Darren Allan

The Nintendo Wii, and particularly the balance board peripheral for the console, could help manage the condition of those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.

The BBC reports that in a recent poll of those with Parkinson’s who owned a Wii, 80% said they used it for exercising, and two-thirds of those felt that it helped to manage their symptoms.

The Beeb points to the case of Vince Wells, a retired policeman diagnosed with the disease four years ago. He told them: “I’ve had the Wii for two years and I’ve found it really useful, especially the balance board.”

“You can actually see where your centre of balance is on the TV, so you can see how you’re improving. It also assists with general fitness and suppleness.”

Due to these findings, the Parkinson’s UK charity has made a grant for £35,000 available to further investigate the use of the Wii in treatment. Dr Cathy Craig of Queen’s University, Belfast, will carry out the research.

The study will evaluate the general impact of the Wii on the physical fitness and condition of Parkinson’s sufferers, and will also look at how specific games improve certain symptoms of the disease.

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  1. The wii wins again

    Comment by Shadow — December 3, 2010 @ 7:08 pm

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